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Coffee With: Suneetha Lakkaraju


June 25, 2014

Name: Suneetha Lakkaraju
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Title: Senior Software Engineer
College: Osmania University

Suneetha Lakkaraju Hightail employeeWe caught up with Suneetha to chat about Bollywood, HGTV and how she fell in love with engineering.

How did you find out about Hightail?

I was introduced to Hightail back when it was called YouSendIt. I had taken a tour with some friends and had to send some photos. At that time, I normally would use Picasa, but it wasn’t good for sending large, high-resolution files. I ended up using YouSendIt and from then on, whenever I had to send large files I would use it. When I got the chance to work here, I was excited for such an awesome opportunity to explore and actually see how the technology worked behind the scenes.

What drew you to engineering?

Generally, the majority of the people from where I’ve grown up are into technology and that’s where the interest came from. My sister was also in the same field so it became a default path in my family. But, after I really started getting into it, I realized that, yes, this is where I belong. I felt like I made the right decision.

Who inspires you?

I’ve taken inspiration from a lot of people at various stages of my life but my main inspiration has been my parents.

What gets you going in the morning?

I drink coffee in the mornings. My favorite kind of coffee is a cappuccino from Pete’s Coffee. I also like to listen to music on my way to work in the morning. I listen to Bollywood mostly.

Who is your favorite Bollywood artist?

AR Rehman and Sonu Nigam.

What is your favorite song of all time?

The song that I love the most is called “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams. It was my first ringtone, during that crazy time where everyone had a song as their ringtone.

Do you have a favorite sports team?

After coming to the U.S., my husband got me hooked on football. We love the 49ers! But, back home we used to watch cricket. That is basically equivalent to football here. Everyone watches it.

What is your favorite mobile app?

I don’t have a favorite app in particular. But I use apps for EVERYTHING. You name it and there is an app readily available. Recently I have been using the Google shopping app though. It’s really awesome.

What is the last book you read?

I’m reading Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. It’s extremely funny. I used to read more serious books before but once I started reading her style of books, like Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones Diary, etc., I’ve found it to be very calming. It’s a way for me to relax and a good break from the routine stuff I do.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

HGTV (Home Garden TV) shows. After watching it, it took us so long to find a home because I had so many high expectations.

What is the one thing you just can’t leave home without?

A fully charged cellphone.

I think most people would agree with you Suneetha.